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Our Core Teaching Staff


Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT (retired)

President/CFO of NTH

Founder, author, facilitator, mentor


Jo Hadlock-King, LICSW

Vice President of NTH

Psychotherapist, mentor

Vanessa Timmons

Healer, advocate, author, activist

Karen Welch, LMFT

Psychotherapist, mentor

Mari Alexander, PA-C, LMFT

Psychotherapist, physician assistant

Heidi Struble, MFA

Consultant, mentor

Pearl Waldorf, MEd, LPC, CGP

Psychotherapist, mentor

About Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind


This lovely image of compassionate care for our brains, created by Debbie Berrow at Bell Pine Art Farm, captures the heart of our mission. We seek to support all who wish to gain a clear understanding of the relational brain's processes so that our kindness toward one another expands into a sweet holding and listening that is at the heart of all healing.


We seek to cultivate spaces in which people can both learn and heal, fostering supportive communities in which we practice presence together.


We offer longer-term immersive trainings infused with experiences - sand and miniatures, art, contemplative practices, embodied movement - to deepen our inner awareness.


We are dedicated to supporting first equity, and then liberation for all marginalized groups and communities and a sustainable future for the Earth herself and all her beings. 

Wherever we are called, we seek to be witnesses to the power of nonjudgmental receptivity to heal wounded hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits.


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